Treating obstructive sleep apnea

The treatment for obstructive sleep apnea depends on how severe the condition is.

For mild obstructive sleep apnea a doctor may recommend lifestyle changes.

  • The most obvious lifestyle change would be losing weight. Getting regular exercise not only helps control weight, it is also a great way to help maintain healthy sleep. However, exercise should be done at least three  hours before going to bed, because a strenuous workout before bed may actually make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Quitting smoking can also lessen the effects of sleep apnea, because smoking irritates the throat and can trigger nighttime coughing.
  • It is also important to stick to a regular sleep schedule and to avoid alcohol and sleeping pills before going to bed, which can interfere with normal sleeping patterns.
  • Another helpful tip is to sleep on your side rather on your back, (sew a pocket onto the back of your pajama top, and put a tennis ball inside the pocket. This will keep you from sleeping on your back) because this can help improve obstructive sleep apnea.
If lifestyle changes do not provide sufficient relief or if the sleep apnea is more severe, a doctor may recommend alternative treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).

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